5 of the oldest goalscorers in the Champions League
Since the inaugural UEFA Champions League in 1992, players from around the world have competed for various clubs and have notched goals in the competition. Although, only a handful of players from a select few clubs have done it over many seasons at the highest level of the game.
A lot of players play late into their careers but only a few get to compete in the Champions League late in their careers. Players who play past 35 years of age for a Champions League team are elite level players with great levels of fitness, commitment and mental toughness.
Here we take a look at the five of the oldest goalscorers in the Champions League.
#5 Laurent Blanc - 36 years and 339 days (Olympiacos FC v Manchester United FC 23/10/2002)
Former France manager, Laurent Blanc is the fifth oldest goalscorer in the Champions League having netted against Olympiacos in the 02-03 season for English club Manchester United. United crashed out of the tournament after losing to Real Madrid in the quarter-finals that season.
Blanc headed home a Ryan Giggs corner and guided United to a 3-2 away victory over the Greek side. The former central defender was an excellent tackler and organiser of the defensive line with considerable aerial strength to back him up. With a great understanding of the game, his positional sense was sublime as a player.
Blanc has managed Bordeaux and PSG in addition to the French national side and is currently out of a job. A smart manager with a keen eye for attacking football, Blanc could be back in action managing a big team in Europe very soon.